The Congregation Big Band

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New Orleans is home to many great bands, musical and cultural icons. THE CONGREGATION is the brainchild of fourth generation master educator/musician/arranger Roderick Paulin. His musical pedigree dates back to the 1950’s- 1990’s with his father Ernest ‘Doc’ Paulin spawning the musical careers of many local notable musical artists such as Dr. Michael White, Greg Stafford, and Tuba Fats to name a few. Roderick has been one of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ maestro for many groups on the New Orleans music scene as being a musical arranger for iconic groups and personalities such as the ReBirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Wanda Rouzan, Davell Crawford, George & Gerald French, Wendell Brunious, AllenToussaint, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many other local bands.

Nationally, Roderick Paulin was commissioned to arrange and perform music for alternative rock group, The Afghan Whigs. Touring with The ReBirth Brass Band as the opening act for Maceo Parker, saxophonist for funkateer James Brown, Roderick was introduced to the world of funk where he used that experience to contribute to expanding the sound of brass band musical concepts beyond The Dirty Dozen Brass Band role in resurrecting a newfound interest in New Orleans Brass Band music.

THE CONGREGATION BIG BAND is a 17-piece ensemble dedicated to performing not only classic New Orleans R&B music but iconic soul, jazz, traditional musical classics whose repertoire encompasses familiar songs from the 1920’s up to present day tunes. Under the watchful eye and keen ears of its’ conductor/arranger Roderick Paulin, this band is the epitome of musical excellence in its presentation of music for club attendees, conventioneers, festivals globally showcasing their musical capability of being the perfect accent where ‘professionalism’ is required to not only satisfy those in attendance but to engage audiences with that New Orleans spirit that will have them up singing and dancing the night away.

Roderick’s 40+ years musical career in virtually every musical setting imaginable has led to this moment in New Orleans to embrace a group of this magnitude to maintain and raise the level of musical know-how and personal character in the local entertainment industry. MUSIC is who they are. MUSIC is what they do. MUSIC is why THE CONGREGATION is one of the best New Orleans Big Bands to contract for your upcoming event.

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